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  1. Craig Morris

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    Associate Professor, Trumpet; Chair, Instrumental Performance

    Craig Morris is associate professor of trumpet and chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he devotes himself to his teaching and his career as a soloist and chamber musician. Morris emerged onto the international orchestra scene by winning the prestigious position of principal trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, assuming that post from the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth. Morris was previously the associate principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. He recorded extensively as principal trumpet with both orchestras, including the Grammy nominated recording of Furtwangler’s Symphony No. 2 with the CSO and Daniel Barenboim. In 2003 Morris left his position in the CSO to pursue a burgeoning solo career. With the Chicago Symphony he was featured as soloist on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with Pinchas Zukerman in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. In 2009, Craig Morris gave the U.S. premiere of Desolation Wilderness, a trumpet concerto by British composer Joby Talbot, at the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music under the baton of Marin Alsop. His debut solo CD Permit Me Voyage features the music of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms and Barber, following the acclaimed Naxos release, Reflections, where Morris was soloist on Thomas Sleeper’s Concerto for Trumpet. A Texas native, Morris grew up in a musical family. He attended the University of Texas and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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  2. Richard Todd

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    Associate Professor, French Horn

    Richard Todd is associate professor, French horn at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. From Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, Richard Todd has earned international acclaim as one of the finest horn soloists today. Gold medal winner of the 1980 Concours Internationale Toulon, he is a Pro Musicis International Foundation Award winner and is continually expanding the boundaries of the horn world. Renowned for his performances that “are simply startling in their dexterity” with “a heart-clutching sound” he breaks down the barriers of music, being equally at home in all areas including classical and jazz. Now residing in Miami, he maintains a rigorous coast-to-coast concert schedule including performances as principal horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Todd has recorded on over 1,000 motion picture soundtracks, appeared and recorded with such great performers as Sinatra, Streisand, and Madonna, and as a jazz artist with Clark Terry, Ray Brown and Woody Herman. He recorded two CD’s with Andre Previn, one jazz: What Headphones, the other classical: French Chamber Music and was personally selected by Gunther Schuller to record his Concerto No.1. He has also recorded solo albums. Previously on the faculty at USC Thornton School of Music, and the Henry Mancini Institute, Richard Todd is in constant demand as a lecturer, clinician and festival artist, and is a consultant for Hans Hoyer Horns, where he assists in the development of horn and mouthpiece designs.

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  3. Timothy Conner

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    Lecturer, Trombone

    Timothy Conner (trombone) is a lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Tim Conner held the position of principal trombone with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for 18 years. During his orchestral career he performed with the Spoleto, Chautauqua, Heidelberg, and Bedford Springs Festival orchestras, the National Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. He was featured several times as a concerto soloist with the Florida Philharmonic, and has performed as a soloist in Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Rochester, Pittsburgh, Santa Fe, New York City, and in countless venues in the South Florida area. He studied with Milt Stevens of the National Symphony Orchestra and received his formal musical education at the Eastman School of Music with John Marcellus. He joined the faculty of the University of Miami in 1995. In addition to teaching individual studio lessons, he conducts the Frost Trombone Choir, coaches chamber music, and teaches courses in trombone pedagogy and literature. He maintains a busy professional performing schedule and is a member of the South Florida Musician’s Association, the International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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  4. John J. Olah, Jr.

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    Associate Professor, Tuba and Euphonium

    John Olah (tuba, euphonium) is associate professor in the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He received a B.M. degree from the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory, an M.M. degree from the University of New Mexico, and has pursued advanced studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A student of Ronald Bishop, Olah has performed with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra, the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the Cleveland Brass Quintet, the Cleveland Brass Consort, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, and the Blossom Festival Band. He has recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds. In addition he has performed with such notable artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, James Gallway, Lena Horne, James Taylor and Mel Torme.

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  5. Sam Pilafian

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    Renowned tuba artist Sam Pilafian, B.M. ’72, joined the Frost School of Music faculty at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition to his private teaching, he is the faculty mentor to the Stamps Brass Quintet. Pilafian was named Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 1996 and is perhaps best known as a founding member of the internationally renowned Empire Brass Quintet. Versatile in both classical and jazz realms, Pilafian has recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, and Pink Floyd. As a solo jazz artist, Pilafian has recorded fifteen CDs. He was also a member of the large brass ensemble Summit Brass. He is an arranger, composer and recording producer and is the coauthor of the best selling pedagogy texts “Breathing Gym” and “Brass Gym.” Sam Pilafian was formerly professor of music in the ASU Herberger College School of Music, having previously served for 20 years on the faculties of Boston University and their summer Tanglewood Institute. As a past president and chairman of the board of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, Pilafian now serves on its board of directors.

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